It was the first green general
audience in the Vatican. Solar panels that were installed on the roof of the
Paul VI auditorium are now generating the building's energy
2,400 photovoltaic panels have been installed; the
plant will generate 300 megawatts of clean electricity per year. This will save
approximately 80 tons of oil, by reducing the equivalent of 225,000 kilograms of
carbon dioxide emissions from the Vatican.
The plan to convert the
Vatican to renewable sources was ideated, carried out and realized by a young
German physicist, after a very special meeting. Franck
President, Solarworld AGSome six years ago I
got an audience with Pope John Paul II and I told him, when I showed him a solar
cell, my first self-produced solar cell, I said: Father, with a little bit of
sand or silicone and the sun we can produce electricity. And he simply said:
Yes, my son, God can do everything. And that was very good inspiration for me
to work further on and to build up a big factory to produce these solar cells.
In six years he built a company where 2,500 employees work today. And he
could donate to the Vatican this installation, for the cost of one and a half
million Euros. Msgr. Renato Boccardo
Governatorate With this initiative the Vatican would
like to send a message not only to the Church but to whole world. With the
Creation, we have received a natural heritage; we must keep it, we must respect
it, we should profit by it as much as we can.Carlo Rubbia
Nobel Prize for PhysicsTen years ago nobody talked
about renewable energy, whereas today everybody talks about it and tomorrow
probably even more will ... Were going from talking to doing! The fact that the
Vatican had the ability to respond directly, transparently and with readiness is
an extremely positive sign: it's something that should be taken as an example and
to be reflected upon.
This is only the beginning of the Vatican's Green
Revolution. By the year 2020, the Holy See hopes solar power will provide one
fifth of its energy needs. If successful, it will be the first European country
to achieve this goal.